Why Am I Not Losing Weight Despite My Increasing Activity Level?
The television talk shows, the magazines, and even the federal government have discussed the need to modify daily activity to improve cardiac fitness and global well-being. We have taken their limited advice and started taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. We started parking farther from the grocery store and loading our own bags. We make sure to walk or bike instead of drive to the neighbors who live all the way on the other side of the subdivision. Great! Unfortunately, this isn’t going to make that 30–50 pounds come off by the Forty and Fabulous birthday bash approaching ever-so-quickly on the calendar. So then we arrange to meet with friends when possible for a walk a couple times a week or buy the “good sneakers” and renew the gym membership in hopes things will be different with this time. Yet we still cannot get those pounds off. Why?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention determined that approximately half of North American adults do not obtain the recommended amount of physical activity. In 2008, the National Center for Health Statistics estimated that two thirds of U.S adults are either overweight or obese, and one third are obese (overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25–29.9 and obesity as a BMI of 30 or greater). With moderately intense activity done for 30 minutes, 5 or more days weekly or 20 minutes of vigorous intensity at least 3 days weekly, you can potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, in terms of weight, you may have to do about an hour of exercise 5 times a week just to maintain your current weight. But because you want to slim down into that little black dress still tagged and hanging in your closet, you will have to do even more exercise—a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes daily—to reach to your goal in time for the high school reunion this season. Painful, yes!
You say to yourself that it would be nearly impossible to fit all that exercise into your busy life. Instead, you decide to try eating less but find you are always hungry because of missing meals and then you cycle through sinful late-night binging episodes. It can be completely frustrating. Later, we begin to think we should just give up on the whole idea. Maybe that’s just how it has to be because we are getting older and, after all, everyone else in the family was destined to have large thighs and love handles. Or maybe we were told that we aren’t supposed to have a small waistline ever again because we’ve had our second or third pregnancy. Well, don’t believe that dribble and don’t give up.
At Waverly Weight Loss, LLC, we understand that not everyone can stay in the gym all day everyday and that you cannot go day-after-day eating celery sticks and protein powders. We know that you cannot eat pre-packaged meals forever. Also, what happens if your plans call for dining out or traveling? You can’t be the only one at the dinner table unable to eat because the meals aren’t pre-wrapped and weighed. We also know that everyone has different needs and restriction involved with achieving a healthier, slimmer body. Our board-certified physician will create a program for your lifestyle, in tune with your health concerns and your weight loss goals. You will be able to meet with the same doctor, not a company representative, weekly to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed. Changing your lifestyle and menu decisions don’t have to be agonizing when you have serotonin supplementation and are educated about food choices. The serotonin supplements incorporated in the Serotonin-Plus weight loss program will help you feel satisfied so you won’t have the urge to overeat. They also reduce your cravings for those high-caloric carbohydrate snacks that would require hours of high-impact, grueling aerobic classes to get off.
So yes, optimal management of obesity requires a combination of diet, exercise, and behavior changes. But it doesn’t necessarily require that you suffer through starvation or joint aches to achieve your goal. With the assistance of Waverly Weight Loss, LLC, and the Serotonin-Plus weight loss program, you will be able to safely lose the extra pounds and have the tools to keep the weight off this time.
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